Cracks in new party are showing, says Ismail

Ismail SabriBERA: The departure of Mahathir loyalist Khairuddin Abu Hassan from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia shows that he has no confidence in the future of the new political party, according to Umno Supreme Council member Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said Khairuddin, who was Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s staunch supporter, would certainly have remained in the party if he was confident that the party could bring down Umno.

“Khairuddin was among the most important people in the early formation of PPBM … (he) was in the forefront of the party when he was first involved with Tun M (Mahathir), the people’s declaration and the founders of the party.

“But when he left the party, I believe he had lost confidence and his departure from the party, despite its (the party’s) young age, there appears to be cracks within the party,” he said.

On Thursday, Khairuddin announced his departure from PPBM effective immediately, saying that he had left the party to focus on the court case he was facing and to fight all forms of corruption.

However when approached by the media on Friday, Dr Mahathir, who is PPBM chairman, had said that he was not informed of Khairuddin’s resignation and needed to speak personally with Khairuddin to confirm the news.

Ismail hoped that the rural community could evaluate and learn from Khairuddin’s decision so as not to be easily taken in by the agenda promoted by PPBM and the future direction of the party.

Ismail who is MP for Bera, was here for constituency activities.